Geochronologist Sandra Kamo awarded the distinguished Logan Medal for her work in chronicling the planet’s history

June 14, 2023 by Chris Sasaki - A&S News

Associate Professor Sandra Kamo from the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Earth Sciences has been awarded the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) highest honour, the Logan Medal, for her fundamental and significant contributions to the field of high-precision geochronology. The scope of her work spans billions of years and has helped chronicle the history of the Earth, the evolution of life, and the solar system.

The GAC bestowed the honour in recognition of Kamo’s cutting-edge contributions to the field of high-precision Uranium-Lead (U-Pb) geochronology, one of the most important methods for geological dating.

“I am exceptionally thrilled to receive the Logan Medal,” says Kamo. “It is the greatest honour of my career. I feel deeply grateful to the Geological Association of Canada and to my mentors and colleagues, and I share this award with my long-time lab associates. I am proud and pleased to be part of such a supportive earth science community.”

The honour recognizes her contribution of hundreds of key ages and her part in important studies addressing and testing problems in Earth sciences: from ancient greenstone terrains to the formation of large layered intrusions, to continental break-up and paleo-continental reconstructions, and to studies of giant meteorite impacts, the timing and rate of mass extinctions, the geological time scale, and fundamental improvements of U-Pb methodologies.